Insulin insensitivity is the key cause in BOTH obesity and diabetes. There are many problems with this type of insensitivity including but not limited too; central obesity, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides and bad cholesterol, low levels of good cholesterol, higher rates of blood clotting, and inflammation. All of which increase our risks for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes and increase our risk for premature death.
What causes this insulin insensitivity? Poor diets of high glycemic foods, sedentary life styles, lack of exercise are all main culprits for this condition. Essentially this causes the body to become less sensitive to insulin it produces. As this insulin resistance multiplies, our bodies produce more and more of it. The body just can’t compensate for this abundance of insulin in our bodies and as a direct result, we start to gain a lot of weight in our middle section – central obesity, blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels increase, and we have more inflammation.
These conditions lead to an acceleration in our bodies natural aging process in our arteries and lead to premature deaths due to both cardiovascular disease and diabetes (amputations, kidney failure, blindness and premature death.) Compounding this problem is that it becomes very difficult to lose this extra weight. Think of a sponge holding onto water, this is our insulin holding onto fat.
The obvious answer is to make the necessary life style changes to live a healthier life. Here in lies the crucial point in losing weight, keeping it off, and living a healthier life. The foundation in any diet or weight loss program must be a diet rich in low glycemic foods.
How do we determine what foods are low glycemic? We do this by looking at the glycemic index. According to Wikipedia, the glycemic index (“GI”) is defined as the “measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream are high glycemic. Carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream are low glycemic.”
The GI has three main classifications of foods and these classifications consist of; LOW GLYCEMIC – foods with scores of less than 55, MEDIUM GLYCEMIC – foods with scores of 56 to 69, and HIGH GLYCEMIC – foods with scores of 70 and above. High glycemic foods cause a rapid release of glucose and therefore the body must release an abundance of insulin to counter it.
Make no mistake about it, there is a war happening inside our bodies and if we are not very careful, we will lose precious years off of our life. The golden rule to long term health and to help control the rapidly increasing obesity epidemic, is that we must build our nutrition on low glycemic foods.
In terms of losing weight. The author is correct that it does take time and effort to lose weight. If you see any advertisements trying to sell miracle pills or losing a lot of weight in a very short time, be CAREFUL. No such magic pill exists and you are subjecting your health to even more serious consequences. We live in fast paced society and we all want results immediately and don’t have the patience for delayed gratification. Patience really is a virtue.
Healthy weight loss will take time and consistent effort but the good news is there are some healthy weight loss programs out there that are designed to provide long term solutions for life. You will lose the weight and keep the weight off.
I used to be 50 pounds over weight myself. My cholesterol was very high and even at my young age, I was already showing precursor signs for diabetes, liver disease, and cardiovascular disease. I was scared to death. Knowing most fad diets are actually more hazardous to our health than beneficial, I spent a lot of time researching healthy solutions for long term weight loss. During this time I learned about the glycemic index, its vital role in controlling weight gain, and found a clinically proven weight loss system that consists of certified low glycemic foods.
After following this program I lost 50 pounds in 12 weeks and have regained my health. I feel great and love the way I look! I am now very passionate about helping others lose weight by following the same step by step clinically proven weight loss program I did. The program works because it resets the metabolic rate thus curbing our cravings for sugars, carbohydrates, junk food etc and then begins to melt away those unwanted pounds, especially around the mid section.
While you are losing weight you are also detoxifying your body, strengthening your bodies immune system, boosting your energy levels, improving sleeping patterns, balancing your hormones, and helping your skin look younger and more vibrant. The program is very convenient and great for everyone, especially mothers trying to lose that baby fat, and working professionals who don’t have time to hit the gym for 2 hours a day. If anyone would like more information on the low glycemic program I followed and/or list of healthy low glycemic foods, I would be more than happy to share this helpful information.
-Dr. Ray Strand Clinical Reports on Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Insensitivity
-Wikipedia reports on glycemic index
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